Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?
Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered flight.
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Iran Unveils Stealth Fighter

Feb 02, 2013 No Comments

Iran today unveiled a new indigenous fighter jet, which is said to be similar to a U.S.-made warplane. The Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313) advanced military aircraft was put on display during a ceremony on Saturday in the presence of the Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Commander of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

1885 – Death of Stanislas Charles Henri Dupuy de Lôme, French naval architect and Navigable balloons designer. 1913 – Birth of Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, OBE, AFC, FRAeS, World War II Royal Air Force officer, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer and test pilot. He test-flew every mark of the Supermarine Spitfire. 1920 – World War I U.S. ace (twelve [...]

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Army Aviation Episode of History Channel’s “Top Gear” Airs Feb. 5

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season on Tuesday, February 5, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, Ky., last fall. The week-long production combined Hollywood magic with the military might of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division [...]

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Foundation to Retrace and Document Secret Air Route to Russia

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

The story of the top-secret northern and Alaska-Siberia air routes and the incredible effort that delivered nearly 8,000 military aircraft from the U.S. to the former Soviet Union during World War II is being told in “Warplanes to Siberia,” an upcoming documentary by the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation. As part of the project, a fact-based, multi-part feature [...]

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New Exhibit Reveals Alaska’s Aviation Heritage

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

In 1913, a group of Fairbanks, Alaska, merchants shipped an airplane from Seattle to Fairbanks via steamboat. A pair of Lower 48 barnstormers flew the biplane 200 feet above Weeks Field, putting along at 45 miles per hour. The merchants sold tickets to the show: The flight was considered nothing more than a spectacle. On [...]

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Sun ‘N Fun to Get FedEx 727

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

A 100,000-pound training tool for future pilots and airplane mechanics will arrive at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday. A Boeing 727-200 donated by FedEx Express will give students at Polk State College and Central Florida Aerospace Academy hands-on practice they haven’t had in the past. The gift to Sun ‘n Fun will arrive [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Walter Herschel Beech, American pioneer aviator, co-founder with his wife of Beech Aircraft Co. 1911 – Longest over-water flight to date was made by Canadian J. A. D. McCurdy on a Curtiss pusher biplane. He attempted to fly from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba, but crashed after covering 96 miles. The U.S.S. [...]

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U.K. Aviation Museum Gets Bristol Mayor’s Backing

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

Bristol, England, Mayor George Ferguson has backed a plan to create a new aviation museum at the former Filton airfield. The site closed at the end of 2012 after its owner, BAE Systems, sold the bulk of the land to developers. The Bristol Aero Collection Trust (BACT) plans to create an aviation heritage museum and learning centre [...]

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